This is what I want back.
This is what I will get. Mark my words, you will see this again!
It was very freeing for me to write. To share. To let it out.
Week 1 is in the books. I am not going to sugar coat the process and tell you that it was easy as pie because it’s not. Taking the steps necessary to lose weight is hard. BUT I lost two pounds!! I also know that my body is generally a week behind so I anticipate a much bigger loss next week.
Two pounds is a move in the right direction. Pshaw frankly I’m just glad the scale didn’t groan when I stepped on it. Heh heh heh. No, really, I’m serious.
While I am happy with two pounds I am even happier with the changes I see and feel in my body. I feel different physically. My legs are tightening, my butt is starting to lift a little. Of course this is due in part to all of the walking I have been doing, including that 10k, but eventually the Medifast is going to help me get it under control!!
So how was week one on Medifast? It was up, then down, then up, then down. My first three days were great, day four I woke up with a headache and was grumpy beyond words. I’ll just say two of my boys opted to go to grandma’s house for the day. And the only reason my third kid didn’t go was because he was at work!!!
Onward, I charged through it and a great motivation is picturing myself in the body that I want again, like that picture above. And I have gone through a range of emotions from anger. Anger for letting myself get this far. But that anger helps me fight even harder for what I do want. Sadness because while we were at the Denver Outlaws game on Saturday night and the boys got chicken fingers and french fries that I didn’t steal a fry. Then celebration because I didn’t steal a fry, I pulled out a peanut butter crunch bar and ate it. Frustration on day 4-5 because I was hungry. Then relief on day 6 because the hunger is back to normal.
I’m tellin’ you this is such an incredible ride that is teaching me so much about myself. Not just about nutrition, but I’m learning about that too.
I CAN DO THIS!!!
I am going to do this!
I know that a few of you are along this ride with me so I want to share a few things that REALLY, REALLY help me deal.
- Friends – don’t try to do it alone. You need someone that you can bitch to. Even if it’s just a big old “today sucks”.
- Goals – Make goals such as parking farther so you have to walk more. Or taking the stairs instead of the elevator. I did two flights in heels today because by golly I had made that a goal!! Or walk 10 miles a week. Eat 1,000 calories a day. Go to the gym 3 days a week… Whatever works for you… make it a goal!
- My Fitness Pal – My Fitness Pal is an app but is also available online that helps track your food intake, exercise, weight, measurements and also allows you to look up nutritional values of just about anything, if you’re curious. You can also link up and follow friends on MFP. If you join MFP please follow me and I will follow you. My username is smoab.
- The Daily Mile – Helps you keep track of miles. I put a widget on the right side of my blog that shows how many miles I’ve done.
- Find yourself a happy place. For reals yo. These happy places do exist (I’m learning this through Jonesie’s PTSD therapy). Mine happens to be visions of sitting on a beach with a nice warm breeze, sounds of the ocean, smells of coconut oil and palm trees at sunset. Get specific. When things get tough go to your happy place.
- Make yourself a mantra. Mine is I CAN DO THIS. I CAN DO THIS.
- If a specific photo of yourself is a motivator (as the one above is for me) keep it handy. Go to your happy place, look at the photo and repeat your mantra.
- Instagram has been a HUGELY surprising motivator in getting me out and walking. I love taking pictures anyway, but being able to notice the beauty around me while I’m out walking and shoot it with Instagram and get creative with it just fuels me even more! If you follow me on facebook, you know when I’m out walking because the pics get posted.
You can find my weekly progress here:
This group of Medifast bloggers are my rock while I’m going through this so be sure to head on over and check out their successes too. They are amazing!
Jenni from the Blog (maintaining since summer ’11)
The Turnip Farmer
The Adventures of Goober Grape and Monkey Man (maintaining since April ’11)
Couponing to Disney
Unemployed Mom (maintaining since April ’12)
A Grande Life
O My Family
The Domestic Buzz
A Very Busy Mama
Gaithersburg-Rockville Macaroni Kid
Real Mom Media
Two Frugal Mommas
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Disclosure: I receive free product in order to evaluate and comment on my experiences on the Medifast Program. Medifast products and the Medifast Program are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or illness. Any medical improvements noted while on the program are related to weight loss in general, and not to Medifast products or programs.